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Reactions to The Art of American Whiskey by Noah Rothbaum


The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, Through 100 Iconic Labels by Noah Rothbaum Charming and well-made book suitable for a gift or the smallest room in the house. The many whiskey labels are tons of fun, especially the older ones (though a little more context on individual […]

Reactions to “The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste. The True Story of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled In The Spring Of 1974.” by Charles Cowdery


The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste. The True Story Of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled In The Spring Of 1974. by Charles Cowdery My rating: 5 of 5 stars Purely for the enthusiast – in fact the very focused enthusiast interested in this particular expression of this particular bourbon whiskey. Chuck Cowdery […]

Good summary of what makes Bourbon Bourbon


David Driscoll, the spirits buyer at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, just posted a good list of “Quick Facts” about Bourbon Whiskey, along with brief profiles of a few distilleries. It’s not a comprehensive overview or introduction – he doesn’t claim it is – but it’s worth bookmarking as a reference. I’ve conducted several […]

My favorite glass for Scotch: The Riedel “O” Chardonnay Tumbler


I’ve tasted Scotch whisky from many types of glasses, including several designed specifically for Scotch. But my favorite is a casual wine glass from Riedel’s “O” series of stemless tumblers. The model I like is intended for Chardonnay. Scotch whisky – when served neat, with water, or on the rocks – often comes in a […]

My Favorite Budget Bourbons (and Ryes)


Bourbon is hands down the best value to be found in whisk(e)y in the US today. Quality is high – very little of your grandfather’s rotgut can be found on contemporary shelves. And the prices, while rising far faster than inflation, can’t be beat – especially when compared to Scotch whiskies of similar quality. Following […]

Review: Very Old Barton “Bottled in Bond” Bourbon Whiskey


Very Old Barton “Bottled in Bond” is one of the great values in bourbon. Heck, at well under $15 for a bottle, it’s one of the greatest values in whiskey worldwide. Early last year I was inspired by a post on Chuck Cowdery’s blog to revisit this limited-distribution budget-priced bourbon. I had purchased a bottle […]